Well now. Christmas is over and a New Year has begun. In the rush of getting Flight edited, formatted and uploaded to Amazon, my Great War Glossary fell by the wayside. Time to take it up again.
C is for CHAT: In the trenches, a ‘chat’ was another name for a louse. The word ‘chat’ apparently comes from ‘chatter’, which originated in the Middle Ages according to what info I could find. Somewhere along the line, ‘chat’ became a slang term for anything disgusting as well as a term for conversation. Lice certainly added to the hardships and suffering of men on the front. It isn’t hard to imagine them ‘chatting’ – likely in colourful language – about those persistent, ubiquitous ‘chats’.